The most recent facts regarding the political trial investigation that are followed by President Donald Trump. This Thursday, Fiona Hill, an expert in Russia and a former adviser to the White House, and David Holmes, political advisor to the US embassy in Kiev, testify.
The president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, says there is clear evidence that President Donald Trump used his position for political gain, which puts "the national security of the United States" at risk.
The Democratic legislator said that the congressmen participating in the Trump political trial investigation have not yet decided the charges against the president.
The former White House advisor, Fiona Hill, said that a meeting held on July 10 between Ukrainian and US authorities seemed so alarming that her head – the then head of the National Security Council, John Bolton – advised him to call a lawyer.
Hill said there was a key moment when the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, said that he and the interim secretary general of the presidency had already reached an agreement with the Ukrainian president. Under that agreement, Volodymyr Zelenskiy would visit the White House in exchange for investigations.
Hill recalled that Bolton, his boss, became tense and "that unequivocal body language was what caught my attention." Bolton subsequently advised him to call a lawyer and made it clear that "I am not part of any drug deal" that Sondland and Trump's chief of staff have.
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Other witnesses said they did not realize that when the allies of President Donald Trump and others mentioned that they were looking for an investigation into Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, they were referring to an investigation into the Biden. The son of former Vice President Joe Biden is part of the Burisma board.
But David Holmes, political advisor to the US embassy in Kiev, says those working on Ukrainian affairs would recognize the connection between the two words.
The investigation focuses on whether Trump retained military aid for Ukraine in exchange for Kiev investigating the Biden.
A US diplomat says he heard a phone call between President Donald Trump and an American ambassador where they addressed the requested investigations to Ukraine.
David Holmes, political advisor to the US embassy in Ukraine, testified publicly to lawmakers that he was having lunch with Ambassador Gordon Sondland and others, when Sondland took his mobile phone to speak with the president.
Holmes says he heard Sondland talk to Trump about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy about "doing the investigation."
A witness in the political trial investigation expressed concern about Rudy Giuliani's role in Ukrainian politics.
David Holmes, political advisor to the US embassy in Ukraine, said he acknowledged last spring that embassy priorities were overshadowed by a political agenda driven by Giuliani, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, "and a picture of officials operating in direct channel with the White House. "
According to the testimony, this picture included Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, and the envoy of Ukraine, Kurt Volker. The group referred to itself as "The Three Friends."
Giuliani's campaign included public statements attacking the then ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
The head of the Intelligence Commission of the House of Representatives, Adam Schiff, said that the Democrats will decide in “the days ahead” the appropriate response after a dozen witnesses appeared at the public hearings related to the political trial investigation that is followed by President Donald Trump.
On Thursday the seventh hearing began, with the participation of David Holmes, former political adviser to the US embassy in Kiev, and Fiona Hill, an expert in Russia who worked at the National Security Council.
The investigation focuses on allegations that Trump asked Ukraine to investigate political rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden, in exchange for receiving US military aid.